The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is in the planning and conceptual design phase for a proposed new urban park located on a 14-acre site north of downtown Raleigh, at the corner of Capital Boulevard and Peace Street. The project site is the former location of the Devereux Meadow baseball stadium. The site exists now as a City maintenance and vehicle service facility, but this use will be phased out as the park is developed in the coming years.
The vision is for a passive park composed of walking trails, open meadows, native plantings, and stormwater wetlands along with opportunities for public art and environmental and historical interpretation of the site. A key part of the proposed park design is the restoration of the existing Pigeon House Branch, including re-establishing a more natural flow to this waterway. Another important component is the first phase of a new greenway connecting Crabtree Creek Greenway to Downtown Raleigh and Dix Park.
Most of this site is in the floodplain and contains areas of subsurface contamination. This contamination warrants environmental remediation before becoming a public park. Between 2017 and 2020, the project consultant, Tetra Tech Engineering, conducted environmental site analysis and constraints evaluations which are used to inform project planning and design.
The current conceptual and schematic design stage was initiated in December 2020. This stage includes the production of conceptual design alternatives vetted through internal and external engagement with city staff, local stakeholders and the public, the Parks Board, and the City Council. At this time, funding for the construction of this proposed park has not been allocated.
The vision for the park includes:
- Passive open areas and walking paths
- Environmental and historical interpretation
- Natural stormwater treatment areas
- Daylighting and restoration of Pigeon House Branch
- The first phase of a greenway connection from Crabtree Creek Greenway to Downtown Raleigh
This project is in cooperation with the Raleigh Stormwater Division.
$2,000,000 (Environmental Studies, Park Planning and Design)
- Project Lead:
Tetra Tech Engineering (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Consulting), Design Workshop (Landscape Architecture), and Ecosystems Planning and Restoration (Stream and Wetland Restoration Consultants)